Supposed industry insider and video game news leaker Marcus Sellars has been making headlines for a couple of bold claims he made on Twitter today. One claim was that Nintendo would be hosting a Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday, March 8, and the other was that Sony sent PlayStation 5 dev kits to third party game developers earlier this year.
Sellars didn’t provide any kind of evidence or source for how he obtained this information, so his claims should be taken as nothing more than rumors for now. However, Sellars does have a reputation for accurately leaking video game news, and while he’s wrong about some things, he is also right about oddly specific details.
For example, Sellars is the one who originally leaked the existence of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and its supposed Switch port, and now more evidence has cropped up in support of that claim. Sellars is also the one who revealed that Metroid Prime 4 is being co-developed by Nintendo and Bandai Namco, a claim that has since been corroborated by sources close to the project to Eurogamer.
Since some of the information Sellars has leaked in the past has turned out to be accurate, it does lend a bit more credibility to his claims about the PlayStation. Helping his case is that Sony recently filed a patent for backward compatibility technology that seems like it is meant for the PS5, so it’s not entirely unreasonable to think that PS5 dev kits may already be in the hands of some third party game developers.
If PS5 dev kits are already being used by third party developers, then it’s likely that the console will at least be revealed and released at some point in 2019, if not earlier. This would be in line with previous predictions by analysts who have suggested that the PlayStation 5 will in fact release in 2019 – with Michael Pachter even stating that the PS5 will have backward compatibility, no less.
Pachter also pointed to the PlayStation 5 being less than $500, but before fans get too excited, it’s important to note that none of this has been confirmed by Sony. And until Sony decides to pull the curtain back on the PlayStation 5 itself, fans should be sure to take any claims about the console with a grain of salt.